Google Account Security by using two-factor authentication
Google user accounts security
Are you using a secure password for your Google Account? What do you think makes a strong password? The german Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has a very clear idea here and recommends a number of measures to improve password security. But the safest password will not help you if criminals manage to get your credentials through phishing attacks or other forms of password theft. Once the password for the cloud application has been stolen, it can often happen very quickly: Thousands of spam emails are sent on your behalf, more accounts are hacked or worse.
Authentication with the second factor
Data security is crucial for many businesses. To protect user accounts and data, businesses should ensure that they use two-factor authentication (2FA) as the default. This process, also known as 2 Step Verification, was introduced by Google seven years ago and is now available to all G Suite customers and private users with a Google Account.
Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security over a code that is sent via SMS, a phone call, a hardware token (such as YubiKey), a list of backup codes, or a code generated through a smartphone app.
In addition to these possibilities, there is also a very convenient solution in which the user is asked when logging on his mobile phone, whether he wants to sign up – if he confirms the question with yes, then the second step of the registration automatically and the user is logged in to his Google Account. Although there is criticism of the SMS verification process because it can be too cumbersome or unsafe in special cases, it is still better than just the username and password combination.
It works like online banking. With this additional level of security, scammers have no chance of accessing a user’s data, even if they have received/ stolen their password. Unlike online banking systems, the 2FA in conjunction with Google requires dual authentication only every 30 days when using the same device.
Support for G Suite administrators
Despite the massive increase in account security through the use of two-factor authentication, only about 10 percent of Gmail users actually use this feature. Google provides each user with the security check, a self-check account security wizard. Activating the 2FA method for all or only certain user groups is also enforced without equal for each account. Google provides excellent documentation in the Help for G-Suite administrators. Thus, you have a variety of ways to improve your account security when using a Google Account.
Start today to use Google’s two-factor authentication for your account or come to us with your questions! We are happy to help you with setting up and introducing 2FA to your company.
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